Definition of heirless in US English:



  • See heir

    • ‘In 1799 his brother George, who had inherited the estate of their mother's heirless brother, gave him £8000 in Bank of England stock.’
    • ‘The Princess was elderly, heirless and living in genteel poverty.’
    • ‘Despite being married to many wives he was heirless.’
    • ‘I didn't invest sixteen years of my life and money to raise an ungrateful heirless brat!’
    • ‘The title was subsequently created for another Humphrey, brother of Henry V, who died heirless, and then for Richard, brother of Edward IV, who became King Richard III in 1483.’